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Switzerland: Royal birth: Bear knocks royal baby off front page

by Thomas Stephens, swissinfo.ch July 23, 2013 – 11:12 The Swiss media have reported the birth of Britain’s new prince, but without the feverish full-page coverage of their British counterparts,…

PULLING BACK: ICRC cuts activities in Afghanistan

July 23, 2013 – 20:08 After the attack on its Jalalabad office in May, the Swiss-run International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reduced the scope of its activities…

BECOMING SWISS: Naturalisations continue to fall

July 18, 2013 – 21:41 The number of people who became Swiss citizens in 2012 dropped seven per cent over the previous year, according to the latest numbers from the…

Switzerland: MYSTERIOUS DECLINE: Asylum demands drop away

July 16, 2013 – 22:08 Asylum requests in Switzerland fell by almost by a third during the first six months of the year when compared with figures for the same…

Empty coffers? Church tax issue divides Swiss Catholics

by Terence MacNamee, swissinfo.ch July 17, 2013 – 11:00 Campaigns to abolish church tax on companies have triggered a wide-ranging debate on state support for religion in Switzerland. The future…

DEGROWTH ACTIVIST: ‘Live simply to let others simply live’

by Samuel Jaberg, swissinfo.ch July 14, 2013 – 11:00 Mirko Locatelli is a hardline critic of consumerism and the Western ideology of growth. The native Italian speaker, who lives in…

SALARY STUDY: Swiss teachers among highest paid worldwide

July 7, 2013 – 16:56 swissinfo.ch Teachers in Switzerland earn more than teachers in 34 other countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to results of…

NO DRAIN? ‘Immigration leads to a healthier state’

by Scott Capper, swissinfo.ch July 2, 2013 – 21:59 Contrary to common perceptions, immigrants to Switzerland are net contributors to the country’s tax coffers rather than a drain, according to…

The service that wasn‘t – Catholic priests withdraw from joint mass

Two Roman Catholic priests withdrew at the last moment from taking part in a celebration of the Eucharist, which was supposed to have been conducted by clergy from a range…

OIL KING: Controversial commodity trader Marc Rich dies

by Matthew Allen in Zurich, swissinfo.ch June 26, 2013 – 11:38 Marc Rich, the billionaire oil trader who set up Swiss commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, has died at the age…

Another view: First mosque in Switzerland celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Mahmood Mosque in the city’s Forchstrasse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week and on Saturday it opened its doors to the public with guided tours on offer. Indeed…

Do you know your history? Muslim colonies in France, Italy and Switzerland in Middle ages

The extracts below are abridged quotes from Reinaud’s French work entitled ‘Invasions des sarrazinz en france, et de france en savoie en piedmont et en suisse’ published in 1836, cited in a…

MIGRATION COOPERATION – Swiss and Nigerians approve migration plan

June 20, 2013 – Swissinfo.ch Nigeria has accepted an action plan proposed by Switzerland to prevent “irregular migration” and deal with other migration-related issues, the Swiss government announced on Thursday…

Kerry: Both sides should come to the table

Speaking at the ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Doha, US Foreign Minister John Kerry signaled the need for talks between the regime and the opposition. “Both sides should be able…

“Most beautiful gem”: 50 years Mahmud Mosque in Zurich

Friday 21 June 2013 The founder of the oldest mosque in Switzerland was actually sent out to build a mosque in Germany. However, due to the complicated entry procedures in…

Switzerland’s First Mosque celebrates 50 years in Zurich

50 years ago, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Pakistan’s Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, inaugurated the mosque in the residential district of Balgrist in Zurich. The…

BANK DEAL DEAD: Swiss parliament kills divisive US tax bill

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch June 19, 2013 – 17:42 Parliament has thrown out a draft law enabling Swiss banks to hand over confidential data to the United States for cracking…

Fight against desertification : Halting a desert with the ‘Great Green Wall’

Swissinfo.ch June 17, 2013 Advancing deserts are not unstoppable. By planting trees, it is possible to redevelop the soil and create an ecosystem that is more favourable for agriculture. The…